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HP debuts a new line of mobile workstations – including one you can throw on the ground

HP debuts a new line of mobile workstations – including one you can throw on the ground 

“Anytime, anywhere workers increased from 15 per cent in 2011 to 29 per cent in 2012,” said Dion Weisler, EVP, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. “Employees increasingly need to be able to print from any device, and any location. They also want input into the tools they use, to the point that they’ll even pay out of pocket for it.”

At the Discover conference in Barcelona, the company unveiled a new line of mobility and printing solutions designed to meet the needs of both mobile professionals and the enterprises they work for.

“Employees want to have good connectivity, a sleek device, and the latest technology. Managers want data security, easy deployment and management, and global availability,” said Enrique Lores, SVP and GM, Business Personal Systems, HP, adding that “a balance needs to be found” between the two.

The products include the EliteBook Folio 1040 – which HP claims is the lightest and most durable laptop in the world, an assertion that Lores backed by throwing one on the floor – as well as the HP EliteDesk800 G1 Business Desktop Mini, the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Business Desktop Mini, and the HP Spectre 13 Pro, which was originally released in September.

“The most exciting product we introduced is the [EliteBook Folio 1040]. You can put the full weight of a human on it and it still works,” said Jeff Wood, VP, Worldwide Marketing, HP, as he stood on his own EliteBook to illustrate his point.

Additionally, HP introduced the HP Classmate Notebook PC and HP Education Services, which will provide students around the world with better access to educational tools. The Classmate notebook provides students with video conferencing capabilities for guest lectures and field trips, and has a sturdy design for use in the field.

HP Education Services give teachers the training they need to use technology more effectively in the classroom, which will in turn produce a future workforce that is more skilled in IT.

But mobility wasn’t the only card in HP’s hand. The company also introduced a new line of multi-function printers designed to reduce business costs, decrease environmental impact, mitigate risks, and support mobility. The 900 series of laser printers is compatible with other HP printing products and services, including HP document and security solutions, providing customers with a unified printing environment in the workplace.

The line includes one monochrome laser printer – the MFP S956dn – and three colour printers – the HP Color MFP S951dn, the HP Color MFP S962dn, and the HP Color MFP S970dn.

“This isn’t just another device,” said Pradeep Jotwani, SVP, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, HP. “These fleets are managed in a consistent way. With the series 900, we have made it such that the same security, the same mobility, the same management, the same workflow, and the same the connections are there. It’s an extension of our existing fleet.”

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